“STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM – AUNG SAN SUU KYI” Jesper Bengtsson (Harper-Collins, Fourth Estate, $39:99)
Now aged 66, Aung San Suu Kyi has become a modern symbol of embattled democracy, and for good reason. Since her return to Burma in 1988, she has been the focus of the pro-democracy movements which oppose the ruling Burmese military junta. She has spent years under house arrest in her home near Rangoon – from 1989 to 1995 and again from 2003 to 2010. The military would love her to just leave the country and stop being the centre of international media attention. But she has had to set aside a family life with her husband and two sons in her determination to stay.